Prior to joining The B.I.T. Group, David Hess has over 33 years of experience working in international development for USAID and non-governmental organizations in development program strategy and project design and management across multiple sectors. He also has extensive experience with natural resources management (NRM) and sustainability and program management in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Dr. Hess is a consultant and advisor on program planning, strategy development, project design and implementation, and monitoring and evaluation as well as advanced sector knowledge in agriculture, rural development, natural resources management, energy, regional planning, land policy, decentralization, private sector investment, and institutional analysis and reform.
Dr. Hess is highly skilled in development strategy leadership and formulation, program and project design, management, and evaluation, policy dialogue, coordination, and negotiation with public, private and civil society organizations. He is currently serving as Senior Advisor to USAID Tanzania on the development of its Country Development Cooperation Strategy and for the Mission’s Project Design process. At USAID’s Policy, Planning, and Learning Bureau, he worked with USAID Missions around the world on long-term strategy development and project design, providing training, facilitation, and technical advice and counseling. As a Senior Manager for International Resources Group, Dr. Hess managed activities in program strategy design, value chain upgrading, agricultural development, and natural resources governance for the Environment and Natural Resources Division.
Dr. Hess has carried out long-term field and USAID/Washington program strategy and project development and implementation in USAID Headquarters Natural Resources Management Office (forestry, biodiversity conservation, and water and land resources management), Mozambique (Sustainable Finance Policy and Tools and Disaster Reconstruction), Rwanda (Post-conflict reconstruction), India (Energy reform, Climate Change), Guinea (Agriculture, Food Security, Governance), Bolivia (alternative development), and Peru (decentralization and regional planning). He holds a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and is fluent in French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Countries of Work Experience:
Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Ghana, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Paraguay, Philippines, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leon, United States, Vietnam, Zimbabwe
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) (1980-2006)
Director, Office of Natural Resources Management, Economic Growth, Agriculture, and trade Bureau, Washington, DC (2003-2006) Supervised and mentored 30 employees working in forestry, biodiversity conservation, water resources management, and land resources management. Oversaw $100 million portfolio of programs and projects with USAID Missions worldwide. Strategically planned and designed integration of natural resources management programs with economic growth, governance, and participatory community development.